An intensely pessimistic report says that while the UK as a whole begins to recover, the situation in the Highland Region continues to worsen.
Job losses and rising unemployment, much of it oil related dominate the economic picture. The report says rate of increase over the past year has been several times that for the UK as a whole and many times that for Scotland.
The report says the Highland economy is so different from that of the UK that even widespread recovery in the UK would not guarantee general recovery in the region.
This saw Badenoch and Strathspey demoted to unassisted status and the possibility of reduced regional assistance to the region.